The Postal Service’s flat tub shortage continues, forcing many processing centers to operate their automated flats sorting equipment without sufficient supplies of this important equipment.
Recent audits have revealed empty flat tubs often are held at retail and delivery units and not regularly returned to plants. The audits also reveal some units have been using flat tubs for records storage ― an unauthorized use of the equipment.
USPS encourages employees to help recover flat tubs. Here are some tips:
- Flat tubs are for use in automated mail processing equipment. There is no substitute.
- Return empty equipment to plants on a daily basis.
- Remove all records and supplies from flat tubs and trays and immediately return the equipment to plants.
- Don’t use flat tubs under carrier cases for hold mail or any other purpose.
Flat tubs cost $5 each and despite purchasing 40 million tubs since 2001, USPS continues to spend millions of dollars annually to replenish its inventory.